River to bay

This month, Recreation News is giving away a River to Bay Oyster Giveaway in the Middle Peninsula! Scroll down to fill out the form to enter to win!

Enjoy historic harbors & artisan’s charm along Virginia’s Middle Peninsula’s River to Bay Artisan Trail and Virginia Oyster Trails featuring quaint accommodations, stunning kayaking, and delicious dishes.

River To Bay Oyster Getaway

TOTAL Value: $503.70

Enjoy 3 days/2 nights visiting Virginia’s charming Middle Peninsula exploring bayside towns along the River to Bay Artisan Trail and Virginia Oyster Trail. Your getaway includes lodging at The Chesapeake Inn, a unique boutique hotel located in the heart of Urbanna, Virginia. Choose from thirteen elegantly appointed suites, and be sure to try one the Inn’s unique pedal Surreys to sightsee Urbanna’s harbor. A visit to the Big Oak Café is a delicious way to start your day, offering a casual cozy setting and a homemade breakfast that is second to none. Stroll over to Something Different for fine Neanderthal cuisine, featuring pit smoked meats and hearty sides. Be sure to save room for their 12 different made from scratch desserts. Take time to get out on the water at Beaverdam Park, in Gloucester County, offering kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boating along this beautiful park’s 635-acre lake with miles of trails, excellent fresh water fishing and an abundance of local flora and fauna. Discover Gloucester’s downtown historic Main Street filled with charming store fronts and local artisans. Top off your getaway with dinner at Olivia’s in the Village featuring fresh seafood with an emphasis on FRESH – including Olivia’s Signature Crab Cakes and Local Oysters – It’s All Good! 

The River to Bay Artisan Trail is a regional trail featuring 97 participating sites, comprised of artisan studios, agri-artisan farms, restaurants, lodging, and other points of interest in Virginia’s Middle Peninsula region of Gloucester, Essex, Middlesex and Matthews counties. Along with promoting the visibility and sales of local artisan-related products, the River to Bay Artisan Trail also provides an important boost to the area’s general tourism industry by extending visitor stays in the community and increasing the region’s attractiveness as a tourist destination.  Details on participating sites are found online at RivertoBayArtisanTrail.org 

November is Virginia Oyster month. We encourage everyone to visit www.VirginiaOysterTrail.com to TASTE, TAKE and TOUR the 8 Oyster Flavor Regions of Coastal Virginia.


The Virginia Oyster Trail features unique places that invoke the ‘merroir to terroir’ tastes of Virginia Oysters while highlighting watermen and locally-owned businesses that align with the program’s oyster-focused narrative. By providing visitors with numerous activities and amenities to make their stay pleasurable, the Virginia Oyster Trail also seeks to increase awareness of the benefits Virginia Oysters have on local economies; with emphasis on community development, environmental stewardship, entrepreneurial growth, health attributes and the cultural integration of Virginia’s distinctive coastal way of life.  

* The Chesapeake Inn Offer expires October 2019. Not valid during Oyster Festival Weekend or Holiday Weekends. and River to Bay Artisan Trail

**Big Oak Café is closed on Wednesdays.

*** Something Different is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

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